Yamaha Recall: Wolverine RMAX1000 UTVs

Yamaha Wolverine RMAX1000 UTV
Yamaha is recalling certain Wolverine RMAX1000 UTVs due to a shock absorber issue.

Yamaha Recall Summary

In February Yamaha issued a recall of model year 2021 Wolverine RMAX4 1000 utility vehicles. The relatively small recall involves approximately 820 vehicles sold from October through December of 2020. The rear shock absorber mounts can break and potentially cause a crash. Owners should stop using the vehicle and contact a local Yamaha dealer for a free repair. The following recall information is from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Yamaha Recall Details

Name of product: Model Year 2021 Wolverine RMAX4 1000 Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs)

Hazard: The vehicles’ rear shock absorber mounts can break, posing crash and injury hazards.

Remedy: Repair

Recall date: February 11, 2021

Units: About 820

Consumer Contact: Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime or online at https://yamaha-motor.com/and click on “CPSC Recall Alerts” for more information.  In addition, check your vehicle identification number “VIN” on Yamaha’s “Product Safety Recalls” page to see if your vehicle is included in any recalls.

Description: This recall involves model year 2021 Wolverine 1000 RMAX4 recreational off-highway vehicles.  The side-by-side vehicles were sold in blue, green and gray.  The model name is shown on the side of the vehicle.  The Vehicle Identification Number can be found on the frame at the left rear.  The model number is located near the front left corner of driver’s seat.   

Model YearModel NameModel Number
                2021Wolverine RMAX4 1000 XT-RYXF10WPZM 
 Wolverine RMAX4 1000 LEYXF10WPLM
 Wolverine RMAX4 1000YXF10WPAM

 Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ROVs and contact an authorized Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.  Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly.  

Incidents/Injuries:  Yamaha has received one report of the rear shock absorber breaking loose.  No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Yamaha dealers nationwide from October 2020 through December 2020 for between $21,300 and $25,300.

Importer(s):  Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif.

Manufactured In:  Japan

Recall number: 21-720

SVR’s Take:

On one hand, this recall is small compared to what we typically see and to the overall sales volume for Yamaha. On the other hand, it is a new vehicle and has not been on the market too long. Not what Yamaha’s management would like to see as they rolled out their new Wolverine lineup. This is the first recall SVR remembers involving shock absorbers in at least the last five years. Textron Off Road had a recall involving suspension arms in 2019. SVR tracks recalls on an ongoing basis.

Marc Cesare, Smallvehicleresource.com

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